Graptopetalum amethystinum (Rose) E.Walther
Jewel-leaf Plant, Lavender Pebbles
Echeveria amethystina, Pachyphytum amethystinum, Sedum amethystinum
Graptopetalum amethystinum is a beautiful slow-growing succulent with erect to decumbent or pendant, sometimes basally branched stems, each bearing a rosette of thick fleshy rounded leaves at its end. The stems grow up to 1 foot (30 cm) long. Rosettes are up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. The leaves, with a powdery coating, are rose-colored at first, becoming grey.
Flowers are star-shaped, 5-merous, up to 0.7 inches (1.8 cm) across, and appear in spring and summer. They have whitish-yellow to pale yellow petals with the upper face of the lobes with red cross-bands and apically almost entirely red. The inflorescences are thyrses with 7 to 65 flowers, ascending to curved downward and up to 6 inches (15 cm) long.
Graptopetalum amethystinum is native to Mexico (Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, Jalisco). It grows on rocky cliffs at elevations of about 6,400 feet (1,950 m).
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The rules for Graptopetalum care are similar to those for most succulents. All require lots of sunlight to look their best. They require gritty, porous soil with excellent drainage. Water regularly over summer and let the soil dry out between waterings. Minimal water is required over winter. Overwatering is a cause of root rots, and the plant can get several pest infestations. Fertilize once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength.
Graptopetalums are generally easily propagated by seeds, leaf cuttings, or offsets. Any rosette that breaks off has the potential to root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels and falls off. By then, the new little plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
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